Shrimp make their way into all kinds of cuisine, including enticing appetizers and hearty pasta dishes, and cooking them is so much easier than you think. Pick your favorite shrimp recipe and get cooking with the tips that follow. You can also use the instructions below to cook frozen shrimp—just make sure you also follow our instructions for thawing frozen shrimp before you start cooking.
Use these pointers when purchasing shrimp:
Because shrimp are bought and sold in large quantities, most of the shrimp available in U.S. supermarkets have been previously frozen. Shrimp freeze remarkably well. If the shrimp you purchase are frozen, place them in a sealed container in the refrigerator to thaw overnight. To speed up the thawing process, place the shrimp in a colander under cold running water for about 2 minutes. To retain their succulent texture, avoid thawing shrimp in warm water or at room temperature. When you're learning how to cook frozen shrimp, you can follow the same instructions below for grilling, boiling, and skillet-cooking as long as you thaw them before cooking.
Fill a large bowl about half full with ice. Nestle the shrimp into the ice, making sure the shrimp are not too close to the bottom of the bowl where melted water will accumulate. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until ready to use, draining the water and adding more ice as needed.
Most shrimp recipes call for peeled shrimp. Here's how to do it:
Use a sharp knife to make a shallow slit along the back of the shrimp from the head to the tail end.
Tip: The vein is actually the intestinal tract and can impart an unpleasant taste if left in the shrimp.
There are a few different methods for cooking shrimp, and each of them will get your seafood on the table in a flash. Follow these instructions for boiling shrimp:
A skewer of grilled shrimp is one of our favorite summertime cookout treats. Season as desired, and follow these instructions for grilling shrimp:
Cooking shrimp in a skillet is a quick way to add it to any recipe—you can even make simple sauteed shrimp its own entree! If you're wondering how long to cook shrimp on the stove, 3 to 4 minutes is a good guideline, but keep a close eye on your shrimp to keep them from overcooking. Just follow these instructions for how to cook raw shrimp on the stove:
How long do you cook shrimp in the oven? It often depends on the recipe. Baking times for shrimp can also vary if the shrimp are fresh or frozen, or if you're baking them in a sauce or with rice. Use the recipes below as a guide, but be sure to follow the baking instructions for whichever recipe you are using:
Whether you're in the mood to grill or cook on the stove, we have shrimp recipes for you to test your new skills on! One glance at these recipes, and you'll be adding shrimp to your shopping list.